State of the Art
Six BFFs head off on an art-filled girls' holiday to Hong Kong
12.30PM TOUCHDOWN It feels like "Spring Break" as the six of us land in Hong Kong—the first time in years that the entire gang finally managed to get schedules in sync for a girls' escapade. Arrival at Hong Kong's ultra efficient Chek Lap Kok airport was a breeze and we Roller over to the legendary Peninsula, our fab home for the next few days. 1.30PM BASE CAMP The Peninsula's impeccable service and warm hospitality never fail. Walking into the iconic lobby of this Grande Dame hotel, we are immediately transported into a world of rarified elegance. And our room, a perfect blend of understated luxury and touch-button technology (with delightful views of Victoria Harbour to boot), is sheer bliss. 2.15PM READY- SET- GO After a quick fresh-up, the girls are ready to head across the harbour to Central, where most of the action is concentrated during Art Week. We hop on to the ever-reliable MTR (Hong Kong's superbly maintained underground train system) and get there with time to spare for a coffee before the doors officially open for Art Central's VIP Preview. 3.00PM ART FAIR Now on its third year, Art Central is staged in an impressive 10,000-squaremetre custom-designed structure on the Central Harbourpoint. It is a visual feast to walk through row upon row of international galleries (over 100, in fact) exhibiting a fascinating range of works by emerging and established contemporary artists. Adding to the multi-sensory experience are boundary-pushing performances and large-scale installations scattered throughout the massive tent. 4.30PM REFUELLING STATION Shortly into the second hour on our feet and the girls clamour for a quick bite. We head outdoors for the conveniently set-up Street Food Central, serving up a unique variety of fun eats. The steamed giant buns with pulled pork and portabello mushrooms perfectly hit the spot!
6.00PM OPENING NIGHT Next on the agenda is the "Urs Fischer" Opening at the blue-chip Gagosian Gallery over at Pedder Building. The New York-based Swiss artist's first solo show in Asia features 11 large-scale tableaux. At the cocktail, we meet up with another Manila friend, the art enthusiast Myla Villanueva, who leads us on a fun gallery hop through the Pedder Building, home to blockbuster galleries including Ben Brown, Lehmann Maupin and Pearl Lam. Champagne corks pop open and the building's narrow halls are a frenzy as collectors and art aficionados cross paths on their way to simultaneous Opening Night receptions. 8.00PM TIME TO CHILL Last stop on our Gallery Night crawl with Myla is the Asian outpost of London's White Cube on Connaught Road, just a short walk away. On show are the American artist Theaster Gates' bronze works as well as hidden gems in the gallery's back room. From there we mozy on to White Cube's private dinner at the hip Sai Ying Pun hotspot, Potato Head. Great Indonesian fare, more bubbly, cool cocktails, the chill vibe and jazz and reggae beats on vinyl are perfect to unwind after the day's dizzying events.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Marvellous harbour view from The Peninsula; selections from Art Central: including the striking Between Red by Sea Hyun Lee at Choi & Lager Gallery
FROM TOP: Soaking it up at White Cube; Urs Fischer's Foamcore (2017) at Gagosian Gallery; vinyl is the name of the game at Potato Head
Gallery hop with Myla Villanueva